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Community Coaches Program

 

Shell Oil Company is looking for nonprofit projects that can make good use of the skills our high performing employees have to offer – from financial services to marketing and more.
 
A Community Coach pro bono project will take the business and executive talent of a Shell New Orleans organization and match them with a need that can move your organization forward, while building a deep relationship with an employee at one of Louisiana's top businesses.  Our employees give thousands of hours each year to volunteering on behalf of the company. Through the Community Coaches model, we’re helping them get involved in places where they can do the most good.

Organizations will be chosen and matched according to the talent expertise of Shell employees who are interested in making a difference for your cause. Our partners at the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) will facilitate the framework for the project and oversee its implementation. 
 
Louisiana is our home… and over the years, we’ve invested our time, talent and dollars to build capacity within the nonprofit sector - organizations working in community resilience, STEM education, conservation and workforce development. Our employees have given tens of thousands of hours as board members, hands-on volunteers and professional resources for nonprofits. Through Community Coaches, we want to take that commitment one step further.
 
LANO will facilitate the framework for the project and oversee its implementation.  Take this opportunity to think creatively and thoughtfully about a project need that if solved, could build the capacity of your organization for greater good.
 
For questions please contact: Ramona Hill at ramonamarsalishill@lano.org


What will your organization receive as a Community Coaches partner? 

·       If selected, we will match you with a high performing Shell employee to provide pro bono services to your organization through October 2018.

  • Your coach/partner will give you 30 – 40 hours (over a 6 month period) of pro bono services within a specific scope of work defined by you and your coach/partner.
  • You will receive free Gallup Strengthsfinder assessment, along with a team building session for your organization’s members of the pro bono project team which can include members of your staff or board.

 

What kind of assistance can our employees provide?
Shell Oil Company has employees with a broad range of skills and expertise. 
Pro Bono project services may fall in the following categories.  The categories are listed below with some examples.  Please note the examples listed are not all inclusive.   

·       Human Services – personnel policies design and review, hiring plan, training and development plan, payroll systems, CEO review process, succession planning

·       Financial and Legal – accounting software, risk management, financial controls, program cost analysis, budget process, cash flow planning

·       Communications and PR – marketing and branding, social media design, videos, annual report design, website, newsletters, press kit, logo design

·       Strategic Planning and Direction– earned income plan, business plan, vision and mission review, logic model design, logistics, and market analysis

·       Engineering Projects:  Engineering expertise available includes civil, chemical, electrical or mechanical engineering resources


 The Community Coaches process:
 

  • Complete the application
  • Deadline for submission is January 24, 2018
  • Announcement of applicants will be made by February 7, 2018
  • Coaches and project team members must attend a retreat March 15, 2018
  • Professional development will be offered to all coaches and organizations. Coaches and organizations will also meet to discuss a project work plan and timeline for the pro bono project. 
  •  Work with organizations will take place March – October 2018.
  • On November 14 or 15, 2018 LANO will offer an optional Governance training for organizations and coaches who are interested in becoming board members



Nonprofit Eligibility:

  • You must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit.
  • You must be in good standing with all state and federal filings.

 

Shell will not partner with:

·       Individuals

·       Private Foundations

·       Nonprofit organizations without a current 501(c) exempt status

·       Fraternal or labor organizations

·       Capital campaigns

·       Religious organizations that do not serve the general public on a non-denominational basis

 

Potential Project Categories

Pro Bono project services may fall in the following categories.  The categories are listed below with some examples.  Please note the examples listed are not all inclusive.  

·       Human Services – personnel policies design and review, hiring plan, training and development plan, payroll systems, CEO review process, succession planning

·       Financial and Legal – accounting software, risk management, financial controls, program cost analysis, budget process, cash flow planning

·       Communications and PR – marketing and branding, social media design, videos, annual report design, website, newsletters, press kit, logo design

·       Strategic Planning and Direction– earned income plan, business plan, vision and mission review, logic model design, logistics, and market analysis

·       Engineering Projects:  Engineering expertise available includes civil, chemical, electrical or mechanical.

 

What kind of help are you looking for?

Tips on defining a great project:

·       Articulate scope of work with desired outcomes.  Describe exactly what you want help with.

·       Is your project urgent?  If so, pro bono services might not be the best solution.

·       Keep project short to medium term.  You should be able to wrap the project up in 6 to 7 months.

·       Assemble the appropriate background and organization information to bring your coach quickly up to speed.

·       Determine team members from your organization who should participate to ensure project success.  Make sure team members will have the time to fully participate in the project.


 Apply Here: Community Coaches Application

 

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